Friday, September 17, 2010

DADT: Reply from Senator Sherrod Brown

Hey Gang,

The pressure is on to repeal the military's Don't Ask - Don't Tell (DADT). The way the queers parade around and think they are doing some great act maybe the new policy will be Show and Tell.

Anyway back in June I wrote to both of my senators. Sen. Voinovichs reply was well... a politicians reply, he will keep my views in mind. Big deal. Sen. Browns I wasn't thrilled with either. At least with Voinovichs reply I received a nice letter in the mail, Brown sent an email. Both need to be shipped to Siberia or San Francisco.

In my opinion its disgusting that queers could serve openly while defending my country. Besides protecting this great nation our armed services also molds boys into men, this is not a place for social experiments. America has the best military in the world why interfere and change things?


Dear Mr. Masci:
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the Defense Department’s current policy banning gay and lesbian personnel from serving openly.

The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, currently pending before Congress, would repeal the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces. A recent GAO report determined that the current policy has cost the government over $200 million to implement and resulted in the discharge of nearly 10,000 soldiers, hundreds of whom have critical skills for the war on terror, including over 300 linguists with skills in languages such as Arabic and Korean.

The strain on our military personnel is one of the key national security challenges facing the United States today. Ending discrimination against gay and lesbian personnel would not only be consistent with our nation's commitment to inclusiveness, it would strengthen our military by retaining valuable service members who are willing to serve and have skills needed to fight the war on terror.

In January of 2010, our nation's top military commander, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, stated his strong support for ending the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. At the same time, Secretary Robert Gates announced that the Department of Defense would study the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy for one-year, and then provide recommendations to the President on repealing this policy. According to Gates, the focus is no longer on whether the policy should be repealed, but how the Pentagon will implement the change.

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell has also announced his support for repeal. General Powell stated that "in the almost 17 years since the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed. I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen."

As the Senate examines this issue in the coming year, I will certainly keep your views in mind. Thank you again for getting in touch with me.

Sherrod Brown
United States Senator

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